12 Days of Christmas Cards, Christmas Trees
Paint 4 beautiful Christmas trees this year tied together with retro lights. This Ink and Watercolor Wash is incredibly easy. I even give you the ink drawing in a printable so no drawing is needed!
Strathmore 105-210 Watercolor Cards, Full Size Cold Press, 50 Cards & Envelopes
All paints I use are M. Graham transparent watercolors. Other brands I highly recommend are Daniel Smith and Schminke.
- Cadmium Yellow
- Nickel Azo Yellow
- Pyrrol Red
- Cobalt Blue
- Cobalt Teal
- Quinacridone Rust
Noodler's Black Waterproof Fountain Pen Ink - Bulletproof,3 ounce
Balsam Gold Fountain Pen from Latitude Pens
Christmas Card Painting Steps
I start by painting the Balsam Fir and the White Fir in a mix of Viridian and Nickel Azo Yellow. I add a touch of Quinacridone Rust for some shadows.
The Blue Spruce has to be blue! I add Cobalt Blue to Viridian. Then for the Silver Tip, I add the chalky Cobalt Teal.
A tiny touch of Cobalt Teal for shadows on snow.
I paint Pyrrol Red very heavily. You could use Cadmium Red as well, just whatever you have on your palette. You need a rich, opaque red.
When you add yellow lights, do the same thing and make certain you yellow is opaque. If you don't have an opaque red or yellow, you can add a touch of white gouache to the color.
I hoe this Christmas card inspires you to paint gorgeous Christmas cards of your own this year.
Merry Christmas and have a very Happy Holiday Season!